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Writing Towards Liberty and Justice for All

Writing Towards Liberty and Justice for All with Charlene A. Carruthers, Nick Estes, Adolfo Flores, Ayanna Thompson

Date(s): Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Genre and Form(s): Community, Social Justice
Cost: Free

About this Event

 In this Speak up, Speak Out panel, authors Dr. Nicholas Estes (Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance), Charlene Carruthers (Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements), and Adolfo Flores (BuzzFeed News) discuss the current state of the police force, National Guard and ICE through the lens of BIPOC community reformation. Moderated by Dr. Ayanna Thompson, director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and creator of the RaceB4Race academic conference series.


About the Author

Photograph of Charlene A. Carruthers

Charlene A. Carruthers is a Black, queer feminist community organizer and writer with over 15 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work. As the founding national director of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), she has worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a national base of activist member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people.

Photograph of Nick Estes

Nick Estes is a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. In 2014, he co-founded The Red Nation, an Indigenous resistance organization. For 2017-2018, Estes was the American Democracy Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. His research engages colonialism and global Indigenous histories, with a focus on decolonization, oral history, U.S.

Photograph of Adolfo Flores

Adolfo Flores is a national security correspondent for immigration at BuzzFeed News. He moved to McAllen, Texas last year to focus on border coverage and the effects of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy. Flores writes about all aspects of the immigration system in the US and, in some cases, how it affects Mexico. Flores was also dispatched to Minneapolis to cover the George Floyd protests and wrote a story on the history of the Border Patrol unit sent to confront Portland protesters.

Photograph of Ayanna Thompson

Ayanna Thompson is a Professor of English at Arizona State University where she directs the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 

 She is the author of many titles, including Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars (Arden Bloomsbury, 2018), and Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (Oxford University Press, 2011). She wrote the new introduction for the revised Arden3 Othello (Arden, 2016), and is the editor of Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (London and New York: Routledge, 2006).